Flight – A Film Review

by midlifecrisisqueen on January 31, 2013

If you have any interest in how addiction works to destroy lives, than you must see the new film “Flight” with Denzel Washington.

This film shows how one unique, unpredictable life occurrence can change everything, while also offering an accurate portrayal of how hard an addict will work to deny they have a drug problem.

The first shock for Washington fans will be seeing Denzel portraying a nasty, lying drunk.  So much for hero-worship!  Sure he saves the airliner from complete destruction but at what costs?  Then he and his lawyer’s (Don Cheadle) attempts at denial of full responsibility are fascinating.  Even the legal system seems to be helping him lie to himself.

The ending is powerful and  hopeful, unlike so many real addiction stories, but only because he realizes the lies must end.  Telling the truth is in the end quite liberating for this man, allowing him some sense of freedom and redemption.  Hurray for Hollywood!

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Sandra January 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I loved the transformation from drunk to swaggering pilot. I thought it was enjoyable but a tad too long for me. Maybe if I was coming from a different place (addiction to more than chocolate) I would have felt differently.

midlifecrisisqueen January 31, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Me too Sally… I was looking at it through the lens of watching my brother destroy his life with his addictions. All of the anger and blaming others seemed so authentic. I’m glad Denzel Washington made this movie, to raise awareness of the pure destructiveness of addiction! -LLC

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